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Kaitlin Armstrong: Judge sets trial date after tossing defense motions to suppress evidence

Lavinia Thompson

A Nov. 9, 2022 hearing ended with Judge Brenda Kennedy setting a trial date and denying the defense’s motion to suppress evidence in the case against Kaitlin Armstrong, according to a report from Fox10.

Armstrong, 34, is accused of coldly murdering her boyfriend’s alleged mistress, and has been charged with first-degree murder, according to the criminal affidavit released back in May 2022. In what has been deemed a love triangle gone wrong, professional cyclist Mo Wilson, 25-years-old, and Armstrong had both been romantically involved with professional cyclist, 35-year-old Colin Strickland, the affidavit states.

Wilson was staying with a friend in Austin, in town for a race she was a favorite to win, though on May 11, 2022, the friend found Wilson shot dead on the bathroom floor of the home, the affidavit says.

The defense claimed investigators violated Armstrong’s rights during the initial interrogation, since they kept questioning her after she asked if she needed an attorney present and kept asking to leave, Fox10 reports.

Judge Kennedy determined that since Armstrong was not under arrest at the time of that specific interview, Armstrong had no constitutional right to an attorney, Fox10 says.

Armstrong was brought in for an interview on May 12 on a warrant for an unpaid $650 Botox bill from 2018, according to a previous report from the Austin American-Statesman, adding that a detective deemed the warrant invalid when Armstrong’s birthday in their system and on the warrant failed to match.
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Despite the error of her birthday, after which Armstrong asked multiple times if she could leave, the conversation continued, Fox10 says. Armstrong’s attorneys filed two motions to suppress evidence obtained during this interview, and the two detectives were interrogated at a pre-trial hearing to determine whether they lied on the affidavit that resulted in Armstrong’s arrest, Fox10 says.

The 13-minute video of the interview shows Armstrong nodding along with the detectives as they speak, asking for her side of the story, Fox10 says. The defense said the detectives used this to point out the detectives falsely claimed Armstrong nodded along to incriminating statements, Fox10 adds.

A detective informed the court a mistake was made when the affidavit claimed Armstrong said she understood detectives, though the video contradicts this, Fox10 says.

The defense also points out that Armstrong was never read her Miranda rights before the interview, and she asked repeatedly if she could leave and if she should have an attorney present, Fox10 says.

The prosecution argued that the detective told her five times she was free to leave, Fox10 adds.

Detectives released Armstrong, and the next day she fled to New York City, then to New Jersey, then left the country, all resulting in a 43-day hunt by US Marshals, who ultimately found her at a hostel in Costa Rica, where she was trying to become a yoga instructor and had begun dating another man, the US Marshals said in various updates during the hunt.

Fox10 reports that Judge Brenda Kennedy set the trial to begin in June 2023.

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